Linkrot

October 16, 2012

disappearing road

Back in May, I did a bit of website maintenance and mentioned a couple of tools I used, including one that detects broken links, which happens when a site is taken offline, or when a page has moved. Not only does it affect your visitor's experience, it can also be detrimental to your Google ranking, as it is taken as a sign that your site is poorly maintained.

Believe it or not, I finally managed to delete all the bad links on this site, and in the process of it, I learned that this phenomenon has a name: linkrot (or link rot). As always with technological terminology, this term has mainly been borrowed in French, or translated literally with pourrissement des liens, although a periphrasis seems more popular: le problème des liens brisés/périmés/obsolètes is more commonly used.

This is certainly making me think twice about posting too many links, and instead of using a straight link to the content I'm referring to, I might now also quote the relevant passage so my blog posts don't completely lose their substance with time. For Mac users out there, I found an excellent ally against link deliquescence.

Photo by me, on the Lindisfarne causeway

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Comments

Hello Céline,

Linkrot: I'd never heard that one before. Well, you learn something new every day! It makes me think of root rot, an expression used for plants.

Talking of links, I've put down the URL to my upcoming website, which isn't actually online yet, but will be in the next couple of weeks...

Posted by Helen on October 16, 2012 5:00 PM

Useful post – thank you! And thank you for pointing the way to PeacockMedia - a great discovery.

I've got a 6th year secondary pupil starting work experience on Monday and that's her first task - sorting out all my broken links. Well, not mine, my websites'…

Fabulous photo, BTW.

Posted by Marian Dougan on October 16, 2012 9:35 PM

@Helen: Looking forward to seeing your website
@Marian: Very clever!

Posted by céline on October 17, 2012 10:16 AM

Hi Celine,
Many thanks for this useful post. I was just looking for a similar tool but I forgot that you already shared it! Your reminder came right on time :)

Posted by Olga Arakelyan on October 19, 2012 6:18 AM

Thanks for the Mac tool link. Helpful!

Posted by EP on October 28, 2012 7:01 PM

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